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until you realize there's enough steel in the earth's core to build two death stars. you should know it would take 830,000 years and $852 quadrillion tonight, newt gingrich. what he says about the santorum surge. >> santorum did something clever. he campaigned in three states nobody else was in. now we'll see how he does. >> mitt romney. >> paying in $20 million in negative ads in florida. >> why he won't give up this race. >> i'm focused on super tuesday. if you think it's wild from your side, you should see from us. >> i'm looking to have a good time sunday night. >> nobody knows more about hollywood than harvey wienstein. >> people did the secret of the oscars.
>> also one of the best oscar pundits around predicts who will walk away a winner sunday night. and why it's an honor just to be nominated for the oscars? this is "piers morgan tonight." our big story tonight, newt gingrich taking aim at president obama on gas prices. >> so the president uses very strong language and says that those of us who believe he can get back to $2 gallon of gas is politics. that's baloney. it was $1.13 a gallon when i was speaker. that's a historic fact. >> in a moment i'll ask newt gingrich did he can really bring it down to $2.50 a gallon. and i'll talk to harvey wienstein about the movie "the artist." >> this is the biggest gamble the company took.
it is the craziest thing ever. >> we begin tonight with newt gingrich's campaign that lost some steam since last month. with the michigan and arizona primaries looming on tuesday, the former speaker so far resisted any calls to drop out of the case. newt gingrich joins me now. how are you? >> i'm doing very well. glad to talk to you. i'm in seattle today. >> beautiful part of the world. i've been there many times. let me start with this big story in afghanistan where the repercussions of this koran burning by american forces there continues to cause a lot of blood shed and loss of life. you've been very strong on president obama about his apology. you thought it was completely unnecessary. i want to play you a clip from general allen in afghanistan commanding american troops which is what he had to say about it. >> i offer my sincere apologies. as i have this morning in phone
calls to a number of the senior afghans here in kabul, i offered my sincere apologies to the president, to the government, and to the people, the noble people of afghanistan. >> i suppose the obvious question having heard the general there is whether you've now changed your view about president obama's apology. because clearly he was taking his lead from the generals on the ground. and you've always said if you were president, you would do exactly that. >> well, you don't know that he's taking his lead from the general or the general took his lead from the president. i have a very different view of this. first of all, i haven't heard any afghan apologize for an afghan killing to american soldiers and wounding four others. i haven't heard the president ask for an apology from karsai for the killing of two american soldiers and wounding of four others by an afghan soldier. a soldier who was probably paid
by the united states, trained by the united states, and equipped by the united states. what you have is deliberate in a situation that would apply in syria where assad routinely has bombed anything he needs to bomb. hasn't happened in other countries in the middle east as long as it was muslim against muslim. and look around the region. churches get burned in nigeria. does anyone apologize? churches get burned in egypt. does anyone get apologized? to 700,000 have fled the country. has anyone apologized? in malaysia, churches are burned. does anybody apologize? there is a one track that we help enable. i'm not defending burning the koran. although the circumstances in
which they were used would strike me as blasphemous. as i understand it it was using as passing messages to people in prison. we do have this one sided gain where our troops get killed. nobody apologizes. now we're supposed to be the ones on defense. i understand general allen's in a difficult situation. but if president karsai is not prepared to apologize for the killing of two americans by an afghan soldier, the wounding of four others, this is a two way street. and we have to assess what's going on. >> you think it was wrong to general allen to issue an apology before the american forces received an apology for the death of the two soldiers? >> i think had the general and president karsai had a joint appearance and said jointly this is a very unfortunate circumstance.
clearly the americans did not intend to cause problems, and clearly the afghan government regrets the deaths of americans. i would feel better. but i think this one sided street that is typical of the obama administration going around the world apologizing for america and never demanding respect. these are troops serving under the commander in chief. and he owes them some protection. and i think that it's very unfortunate that the rules of engagement seem to be entirely one sided. >> given all the controversy of the burning of korans. we had the crazy american pastor doing it last year and creating huge havoc for american troops on the ground. given its sensitivity, given how delicate that particular issue is with people in afghanistan, wasn't it pretty awful that this was allowed to happen in the first place. the incineration of the koran -- >> it was a mistake.
you ought to talk to a lieutenant colonel in the u.s. army. ask him how tired people get on the battlefield and how one sided the rules of engagement are. i think we have gotten to a point of bending over backwards where we pretend this is an orderly process. it's not. these folks are engaged in war. a lot of young men and women out there are doing the best they can. and there is an unfortunate tendency to always assume that it's the americans that made mistakes. it's the americans that need to be apologized for. and i'm pretty unrepentant on this. we're being told we have to be sensitive. i think the other side ought to be a little sensitive too. >> final question on this point. given what you've been saying, there are many that agree with you. it's a debate that's been raging all day.
if you were president, are you saying if this had been your situation under your watch, you would not only refuse to apologize before getting an apology from hamid karsai, but you would stop general allen from apologizing? >> what i would have asked for is a joint appearance. look, if we can't be side by side with our afghan ally. we don't have an ally. it's the same pattern playout where we learned for seven years the pakistanis had been protecting bin laden. less than a mile from the deference university. what have we learned since then. did the pakistanis find the person? no they found the person who helped find him. we better get a grip con reality and reassess how we're doing things in a very profound way.
i think the region is spinning out of control. i think it's getting more dangerous. >> let's turn to gas prices. if you were president you would get gas prices down to $2.50. you attracted a lot of quizzical eyebrows. my question to you is this. you were very strong about iran. one of the reasons that gas prices have been surging this week is on the back of an increasing fear around the world. can you honestly continue to ramp up against iran and sustain a credible argument that you would at the same time bring gas prices down to $2.50 when everybody knows the two would be linked. >> first of all, that's precisely why we better have an american energy policy. our strategic goals should be to
get the u.s. to produce so much oil and gas that we don't care what happens in the strait of hormuz. i think we have an interest in becoming the largest oil producer in the world. and my guess is he could be before the end of this decade. let me give you examples so you understand this is a fact-based analysis. if the president had signed the keystone pipeline, it would be flowing to houston. if the president had reopened the gulf of mexico, 400,000 additional barrels would be under production. if the areas of alaska, there's another million barrels there. this is without opening up any place els. but if the president had prepared to open other areas, you could see us surge in production dramatically. if we had a couple of tax changes including 100% expensing so all equipment could be written off in one year, you would see so many independents
out there developing new sources of energy. take a look at north dakota which has 3.5% unemployment and 16,000 unfilled positions in the oil industry because the folks who are unemployed don't have the right skill sets for the jobs available. that is a lot better future for america than the president's policies. >> the president said yesterday that anybody who tells you we can drill our way out of this problem doesn't know what we're talking about or isn't telling the truth. he's saying you're either lying or don't know what you're talking about. >> the president is a left wing radical who appointed dr. choo who has said publicly he wants all prices to reach european levels. to have a secretary of energy who wants us to pay $10 strike me as the opposite of what people want. one of the president's solutions, i just gave you
three factual things he could do today with just the signing of the pen. reopen the gulf. open up the areas in alaska. do it today. what does he have? he talks about algae. i think biofuels are important. i've supported biofuels. i think in the long run, algae's important. but the fact he thinks drilling won't work so he's advocating algae? it's close to a "saturday night live" skit. >> let's take a little break. when we come back, i want to talk about the primary in michigan and the auto bailout issue which continues to rage and polarize opinion. [♪...]
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worked out better. they would have had a greater level of change than they finally got. i think the obama administration's propped up the auto union at the expense of everybody else. the prop people have to recognize is the auto industry wasn't in trouble overall. the folks who were in trouble were united auto workers. and the economy's united auto workers refused to make changes in procedures and costs. and the management went along with them. i think that that was exactly the kind of problem that was best solved in a bankruptcy proceeding where the reality of the law forced them. they got less change this way. still have a highest cost structure. i think in that sense this was not as good of an approach. and it was a bad example of the
obama administration intervening to pick winners and losers. they picked the united auto workers to win. they picked all of the bondholders to lose. i think that's very dangerous. i think you want the legal process to go forward, not a political process. >> the problem according to those that were involved in this very closely with this idea of a managed bankruptcy is that nobody was prepared to put any money up for this. there was no private equity money available. and in the end, if the government hadn't intervened, you could have easily seen chrysler, gm go under. and the impact on the industry leading to potentially ford hitting big trouble and going under. no government in america could allow that to happen. isn't this slight mythology about the managed bankruptcy because the reality was the private equity money wasn't there to do it anyway. >> what you had was not for making a narrow bridge loan just to get to the initial process.
then allow the bankruptcy judge to implement the rules. what you had was political appointees micromanaging. somebody picked by obama. basically carrying out the president's wishes. i think that's very dangerous for the u.s. economy. you don't want american presidents intervening to micromanage as they just did with solyndra. they put up over a half billion in guarantees and we now discovered the guys administrating the bankruptcy are getting bonuses. i think it's dangerous to politicize investment policy and end up with the president choosing winners and losers. and clearly what they did in terms of his appointee going into the chrysler, general motors was pick them to win and pick other people to lose.
>> for all the republican candidates as the michigan primary comes along, if you're in michigan in the car industry, you're saying right. there's this huge financial crisis. we're all facing financial armageddon. now the industry's booming. loads of jobs have poured back into michigan. and unemployment is now coming down. so they're saying hang on. how big a disaster could this have been. isn't the reality whether you liked it or not the bailout has worked? >> the reality is that the bailout has worked to some extent. it's also left the union dramatically stronger than it would have been. it has shifted the balance of power inside the company's decisively. and remember chrysler is now fiat. so you saved the american company by making it not an american company. >> let's turn to the republican race.
it's been an extraordinary battle to watch. as leadership keeps changing hands. you've been front runner, dead in the water. i can barely keep up with you. the reality where we are now is post the debate last week. the santorum surge hit a bit of a breaker. mitt romney had an okay night. ron paul did a ron paul act. and most people think you had a good night. so does this put you back in the race? the reason i ask is some people in the party have said by your argument which is when you won in south carolina, rick santorum should now stand aside. some say because of the santorum surge you should be standing aside. >> well, i think we have to have this conversation again after we get done with michigan and arizona. but the fact is up until about a week ago, i was clearly the number two spot. i survived romney paying the negative ads in florida. i was still number two. i was number two in nevada. then santorum campaigned in
three states nobody else was in. he won them. he bounced forward. and now we'll see how he does in arizona and michigan. i'm focused on super tuesday. you know, if you think this race looks wild from your side, you ought to be with us. callista feel like we've been on a roller coaster. like space mountain where it's all in the dark and you don't know where you're going and where you are. but my mission is to take big ideas, translate an american energy policy. we have a 30 minute speech outlining it. and if you remember, by being positive and having big ideas, we actually in december were ahead by 15 to 21 points nationally without ever having bought a single ad. i'm working back to the same kind of very positive campaign. i think it contrasts decisively with romney's negative campaign. we'll see over the next six
weeks how people feel between the choice of a positive conservative and a moderate. i feel like this could turn out to be a very good campaign by the time it's done. >> so the newt gingrich devils horns have been put to one side, and the halo's back. >> the devils horns were largely a media myth. when you're hit with $20 million of negative advertising in three weeks in one state, all sorts of things fall down around you. i always have believed in very large solutions. i think this country can only get back on the right track by very big solutions. as speaker of the house i helped balance the budget for four straight years. we reformed welfare and two out of three people went to work. that was a large solution. we had the biggest -- unemployment dropped to 4.2%. compared to right now that'd be a good world. i'm going to keep campaigning on
those type of positive achievements. here in washington state we're getting great reaction. i think we'll do well in the caucuses here. i think we'll do well on super tuesday. >> speaker gingrich, thank you very much. >> good to be with you. on monday, more from my candid interview with candidate gingrich including his views on culture wars. coming up next, oscar politics. harvey wienstein goes for gold with his biggest gamble ever, "the artist." ♪ [ laura ] maine is known for its lighthouses, rocky shore,
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♪ this sunday the world will be watching the 84th annual academy awards. you just saw a moment from the front runner, the silent movie "the artist." harvey wienstein has 16 nominations this year making him mr. oscar. welcome back. >> hi, piers. >> how many nominations have you had in your history? >> 343. >> how many times have you won? >> 82. >> that's incredible. can you think of anyone in
history who has more nominations? >> for the period of time, the amount of best picture nominations we have which is 20 over 25 years, nobody's come close to that. >> how does that make you feel? king of the oscars. >> pretty good. i've always thought the oscars stand for quality. and what they're saying is the movies are great. what i'm proudest is not what you might think. i like writing nominations. great movies begin with great writing. when we get multiple writing nominations, that says the team's doing the right job. >> what's interesting about your career path because you had this huge rise to superstardom, then the pit everybody needs. but then you've come back. correct me if i'm wrong, but it seems with a much more creatively artistic bent to the stuff you're doing. you're taking more risks with stuff that, i guess, instinctively you're thinking this might not rip up the box
office. but this is brilliant movie making. >> you're 100% right. in 1989 when i started i did "sex, lies, and videotape" nobody thought that could play. "my left foot." i had five studio heads saying that was about gimps. and that would bring no money at all. then daniel day lewis won for best actor. i'm going back and revisiting my old self 20 years ago. we build steady and steady. >> the secret of all movies, successful ones, is pretty much the same. you set up the characters. you start to enjoy them, they're doing something good then they have this terrible collapse. and then you have the redemption and glory. "the artist" is a bit like that. it is the classic movie template.
it's just silent. >> i think we like all those stories because they have reverses and they're unpredictable. i think we don't see these i think thes coming. when they're predictable and you telegraphed this from ten miles away, it's boring as can be. the art of a great director is to do that and slip one in on you. it's almost like a houdini magic trick. >> "the artist," i would say is your biggest gamble you have ever taken to bring back the silent movie genre. i imagine lots of people around you say harvey you finally lost this. this is out of control. it's all gone to your head. "the king's speech" glory, you know think you're ruling the world. you're mad. >> you captured it beautifully. after winning for "the king's speech," i get this phone call. these are people i knew. i followed this project and decided to go to new york on a phone call.
i said guys i just bought a movie. they said great. tell us about it. black and white. okay. it stars dew jar din, and they said great. fabulous. i told them the price and then they say anything else? oh, i forgot one thing. it's silent. and at that point, it was all bedlam in the office. they said to me you have to go before the board of directors. i said i didn't know we had a board of directors of the company. they said we've had one for 25 years. i said really? i had to go to the board of directors. but we showed the movie. >> did you have any doubt that it would be a success? >> not a one. >> if you won, would it be the most satisfying victory of your entire career? >> probably. because this is against all odds. this is the biggest gamble the company took. it is the craziest thing ever. i read an article in that said "the artist" only grossed $28
million. if he would have sat with me in a rough cut in april and asked how much do you think this black and white movie is going to gross starring french actors, i would have said $2 million. the fact it's $80 million worldwide and cost $14 million. the one thing that gives me a huge advantage at my company, mom made us go to school and they also taught us how to add. and when $120 million movie which is what they talk about grosses $30 million and costs $50 million to market. that's $170 million movie. when a $14 million movie grosses 80 worldwide, that's good numbers. >> so you've made good money on this. >> this is a point going forward for the producer and us and everybody else this could be extremely profitable. i didn't do it for the money but it's been the ride. >> you didn't do it for the money?
>> i've done plenty for money. this wasn't one of them. >> what's the most shameless you made for money? >> i lost a movie that i wanted to buy called "cruel intentions." i was so angry i said i'm going to make a teen movie. they said you're incapable of making a teen movie. and i made "she's all that." god bless freddie prinz. i whipped their butts. and i haven't made a teen comedy since. >> talking of teens, let's come back after break. there's a big story breaking at the moment which is about this movie you made about bullying. another brave movie which now has an adulterating. which stops the people from seeing it. i know you're steaming back. let's get more after the break. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro.
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>> yeah, i know what you're saying. >> that's a clip from this movie called "bully." now, you wanted passionately to make this movie because you feel that bullying is getting out of control up and down this country's schools. now we've just heard that the rating will be an adulterating, r rating, which means most of the kids that ought to see this either the perpetrators of the victims are not going to be allowed to see it legally. >> first of all, this is a movie we found at the tribeca film festival. they said we have to know you're serious. i said i'm getting in my car driving down there now. i cried at the end of the movie and said this is a mission for me and especially somebody who's known ten years ago to have a good temper. it's almost an act of redemption to do this on a personal basis. more importantly as a father of four girls, you know, as a
father, period, i wanted to do this film. the moronic decision today -- and i don't use words like that lightly -- to not allow young people to watch this movie, they want people to take their kids. the idea of me going with my mother and father to see any movie is like medicine. i want every 13 and 14-year-old to go to this movie by themselves, watch the effects of these kids who bully other kids and make their own minds up. that's just uncool. you don't win this by mom and dad taking them to the movie. this again, this is not about money this movie. i have plenty of movies. we have a movie right now called -- there's plenty >> this is important to you. >> this is important to me because i've heard too many stories about cyberbullies from my daughters.
and the duchess of cambridge knew of a school where there were bullies there. lady gaga's reached out to us. johnny depp. >> do you have any right of appeal? >> this was the appeal. we lost. the only thing i can do is lee the mppa. which i'm going to do. i'll take a leave of absence or i'm out of it. that has great financial repercussions. >> they're saying the language are bad. but there are pg-13 movies that the language. >> the other thing about this movie is the f word is used six time.
like kids 13 years old don't do it. two times you can hear it, four times you barely can. it's such a realistic movie. we have cameras beating this boy up. this kid comes today. he'd be bullied, beat up in this school. a school that ignores. a school that says to the kids don't worry ab alex, everybody's going to grow up. it's a phase. >> if it comes to it, could you not just edit out some of the offending f word parts of the movie? >> i don't think we should. i think this is realistic. i think it's authentic and i think we should win this battle rather than start editing the movie. the director, the people behind it. the archdiocese of cincinnati saw the film. the people there were arranging for 40,000 people to see the
film. now those 40,000 kids can't go to see the movie. they can't go without their parents. >> i'm totally with you. this is a powerful movie. i think it should be seen. young people should see it. exactly without their parents. who wants to see a movie like this with your mom or dad? i'm with you. >> i want to tell you one thing. just people ask me all the time what the secret of the oscar is. how do you win with the nominations and victories. the new secret is coming on your show. >> i was about to say. last year "king's speech" they won. this year "the artist" they won because you're on the show. >> and some of the people didn't come on the show. >> meryl streep is got to be kicking herself. >> the thing about meryl streep, she's such a sweet heart, she'll probably be the one -- >> she won't mind losing. >> if she does and lord i hope not, she's such a great person.
she really is. >> they could be an even bigger shock. >> this show next year, please ask me that. >> i've got more news for you. yesterday i recorded my first movie role in this studio. i play myself in the next denzel washington thriller. he put the offer in before you did. so i might be up against you next year. >> i was thinking more like a "king's speech" kind of role for you. >> i like this. best luck of you sunday. i know you want to win. >> thank you. i appreciate it. thank you. >> harvey wienstein says he'll resign from the motion picture association of america over the r rating over his movie "bully." they said bullying is a serious issue and subject that parents should discuss with their children. the mpaa agrees that "bully" is a vehicle for such important discussions. the rating and rating description of some language
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and here with me now, the go-to guy for all things oscar. he joins me to break down sunday's show. i'm told that you have a 90% success rate in predicting oscar winners. is that true? >> it is true. >> for the big awards. >> for all the awards. >> really? 90%? >> that's right. wow. >> but we'll see what happens this year. >> let's just see how good you are then. so best actor? dujardin? or george clooney? >> i'm saying george clooney. dujardin won in the british academy awards which overlap between their voting bodies? statistics are on his side. but i still talk to a lot of voters who are going to george clooney. i think they want him to have a best actor one. >> i think he was brilliant in "descendants." he was superb at it. having said that dujardin is a wonderful character. the silent movie, you've got to
be a pretty good damn actor for the silent movie. >> there's not many people who could have done that role. he likes to joke how overally expressive his face is. there's no one that could have done this role in "the artist" as well as him. >> best actress. viola on meryl? >> viola. >> here's the thing. i love meryl streep, but i agree be you. her performance was a brilliant impersonation. everyone is blown away from the fact she looked and sounded like margaret thatcher. i knew because i met margaret thatcher many times. but i didn't think it was as good a movie.
>> you'll see "the iron lady" win the best makeup for the job on her. >> she's going to win oscars anyway. >> best picture. they're deemed to be the top four. >> it's not even close. this is the artist's award. artist will win best director, best picture, somewhere between five and eight oscars depending on what kind of sweep you have going on. >> here is what i asked harvey. it's well having a movie winning all these awards, but it hasn't done great at the box office. why are they going down this road of artsy movies which nobody gets to watch in big numbers? >> back in the day, in the '80s, and '90s, raiders of the last ark and e.t. and ghost got nominated. in the past few years, there's been a disconnect where the movies the general audience loves don't get nominated. that's fine by me because i love
the artist and the king's speech and the hurt locker, but there is a disconnect. that's one of the reason that the ratings have gone down over the years. >> i think you're right, but it doesn't necessarily make it wrong. it makes it less popular. >> if transformers was a best picture nominee, i would be bummed out about it. >> let's turn to the host, because your cover is billy crystal. fantastic. how many oscars has he done? >> eight or nine. >> he's one of my favorite comedians ever. he haasant done it for a year years. he came in late, replacing eddie murphy. and there is a slight sense of trepidation, that he can still do it. it's like bringing back babe ruth ten years after he last pitched. >> he did come in for a segment last year at the oscars, the one anne hathaway and james franco hosted, and everyone hated them. when you saw billy crystal, there was this ah feeling. i was excited for eddie murphy. i think billy crystal is the equivalent of comfort food, he tastes good, but he's not too
spicy. >> is that a problem for any oscars host, that ricky gervais has turned the whole thing on his head and he's made the globes so watchable because he's so incorrect towards everybody. now you go back to correctness and formality, and its prr not quite the same. >> it's not the same, and the oscars have it in their laws that all 24 awards have to be handed out. you have all these categories that the viewers don't know about it. >> and they want to go on for hours on nld. they should be banned. thank your ploerth, thank your agents, and the rest of them, frankly, are the beneficiaries of those two people's work. >> that would be nice. it's not going to happen. it's their one moment to shine. >> in the red carpet, i know, who do you think will be the best dressed of the night? >> oh, my god, am i joan rivers all of a sudden? >> why not? >> i like seeing michelle
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tonight, only in america, with a silent frenchman waging war with a british battle-ax and baseball nerd going toe to toe with an english this been, and a mississippi made taking down a scandinavian computer hacker. and would they be locked in combat with modern day hawaii while a horse and dog look on. and enly in america would some 14 million viewers drop everything to watch the most glamorous people weep, wail, and
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